Shipping & logistics

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Navigating Towards Cleaner Maritime Shipping - Lessons From the Nordic Region

Navigating Towards Cleaner Maritime Shipping analyses futu

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Container lashing drone

In 2019, the international shipping industry transported approximately 226 million containers, with an estimated value of more than $4 trillion.[1] Full containers can

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A Sustainable and Equitable Blue Recovery to the COVID-19 Crisis

The new Ocean Panel-commissioned report, ‘

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Smart cabins on cruise ships

Acknowledging the challenging situation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, activity in the cruise sector has increased significantly over the previous decades.

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Container stacking drones

Due to the imbalances in trade flows, 24% of shipping containers - amounting to 200 million of them - are empty.[1,2,3] Yet they still need to be moved around, and thi

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UK Clean Maritime Plan

The Clean Maritime Plan is the climate roadmap for taking the maritime sector in the UK towards zero emissions.

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Annual Report on CO2 Emissions from Maritime Transport

The European Commission has published its firs

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Zero Emissions in 2050

According to the International Maritime Organization

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Review of maritime transport 2019

Global maritime trade grew at a slower pace in 2018 compared to previous years, attributed to global economic uncertainty, ongoing tariff tensions between the 

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Virtual arrival agreements

When at port, ships keep their auxiliary engines running for electricity, resulting in unnecessary emission of pollutants and over $18bn in fuel waste.[1] Estimates su

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Periscope Blue Growth Innovation Survey results

Successful blue growth requires companies to innovate and invest.

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Multipurpose drones on ships

Fifty-four percent of all ship accidents in 2018 were due to navigational issues such as collisions with other ships, icebergs, infrastructure, or grounding on the sea

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Robotics and Autonomous Systems: Shaping the Future of Scotland

Robotics and autonomous systems represent important opportunities to achieve greater productivity, learn additional skills, create better workplaces and improve the wo

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Maritime Forecast to 2050

Energy efficiency, reduced carbon print and greater use of renewable energy will be the greatest transition for the maritime industry by 2050.

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Subsurface coating reapplication

Approximately 10% of a vessel’s energy costs and emissions are due to fouling on the hull.[1] In the U.S.

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Man overboard rescue drones

Between 2011 and 2018, 92 out of 298 people who fell overboard in EU waters died.[1] Survival chances depend on detection, response method, water temperature, and luck

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Foldable containers

Due to the imbalances in trade flows, 24% of containers that are being shipped around the world are empty.[1,2] Shipping patterns see containers loaded, for example, w

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Antifouling foil

The unwanted accumulation of biological material on ship hulls, known as fouling, can cause an increase in fuel consumption by up to 40%.[1] In the U.S.

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Flying ships

Contemporary vessels are regarded as floating power plants because of the propulsion needed to overcome the friction and drag between the hull and seawater.[1] Forcing

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Lightweight containers

It is estimated that there are 25 million shipping containers in active service around the world, with around 6 million in transit, at any time.[1] For over 60 years,

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Solar-powered charging vessel

The electrification of the seas requires energy sources in remote places.

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Tide-powered hydrogen vessels

With approximately 3000 ships sailing at any one time, the North Sea is one of the busiest shipping areas in the world.[1] Many of the medium-sized vessels require app

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Offshore logistics hub

The maritime shipping industry currently transports 90% of the goods traded around the world.[1] The industry is responsible for nearly 3% of the world’s CO2 emissions

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Recharging at wind farms

Offshore wind farms are playing an important role as Europe transitions to renewable energy.

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AI for cargo stowage

RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) vessels carry 234 million tonnes of goods annually around Europe, and is growing at an average rate of 3%.[1,2] RoRo vessels follow fixed route

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International MRV

Maritime transport emits around 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.[1,2] Shipping is respons

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Digital vessel twinning

Digital twinning bridges the gap between the physical world and virtual world.[1] It involves the scanning of existing objects to create virtual (digital) replicas.

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Smart weather buoys

Weather is the major cause for maritime accidents, shipping and cargo losses, injuries, and even fatalities.

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Underwater cargo hyperloop

Hyperloop proposes using magnetized tracks to move goods friction-free through a vacuum-sealed tunnel.

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Laser-based navigation

Contact and collision related casualties account for 40% of yearly insurance claims in the maritime industry.[1] 75% of these are caused by human error, amounting to $

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Composite for ship repairs

Ruptures, tears, cracks, holes, gashes, scrapes, and dents cause serious damage to hulls resulting in approximately $12bn worth of damage globally.[1] Due to their ver

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Game controller for steering

Vessels are operated on a bridge in a large room with a multiple-station setup.

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Renewable methanol vessels

Ambitions for zero emission maritime operations by 2030 require new power sources.

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3D X-ray container scanner

Customs authorities inspect less than 2% of the 752 million (TEU) containers shipped annually.[1,2] With 90% of the world's cargo transported in maritime containers, t

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Ice-class container vessel

Containerized shipping between Asia and Northern Europe amounted to 15.1 million TEU in 2015.[1] Both the Northern Sea Route and the North-West passage have the potent

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Autonomous service vessels

Day rates for the smallest and largest service vessels range from $8k-26k.[1]  While autonomous vessels are estimated to reduce fuel consumption by 6%, an autonomous-u

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Autonomous containers

In 2019, the containerized shipping industry will have transported over 800 million TEU, generating earnings in excess of $25bn.[1] These containers arrive in ports on

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Document delivery drones

A particular pain point in shipping is that vessels need specific documents delivered to ports before they arrive.

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Composite bulk carrier hull

Fires and explosions are the third largest cause of vessel casualties and have resulted in 112 large vessel losses during the past decade.

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Offshore container terminal

Today's 22,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container vessels will be small compared to the 50,000 TEU vessels forecasted 50 years from now.[1] Modifying existing

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Lashing robots

Each year, around 1,390 containers are lost at sea due to poor lashing and rough weather conditions.[1] When failure occurs, containers fall into the sea and can cause

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Drones for enclosed spaces

Every year people die inspecting enclosed spaces. These spaces can contain depleted oxygen levels, toxic gases, and/or material otherwise unsafe for humans.

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Subsurface hull laser scanner

Large ships are inspected and cleaned every 4-5 years and painted every 8-10 years, in order to improve vessel performance and to demonstrate owners' commitment to saf

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Open weather data platform

Experts estimate that fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 5% by optimizing ship speeds and routes to changing weather conditions.[1]

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The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change

The High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) commissioned the HLP Expert Group to convene an international team of scientists and experts to evaluate the

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Blue Growth Support Norway

Norway is one of the leading ocean economies in the world today. The Norwegian Government regards the maritime industry as a priority sector.

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The EU Blue Economy Report 2019

The European Commission has recently published its second

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Blue Growth Support Denmark

The Blue Industries play a key role in the Danish economy and business community, with more than 3.8% of the Danish population being directly or indirectly employed wi

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Blue Growth Support The Netherlands

The Netherlands has been able to build a strong maritime position in the world, thanks in part to its strategic location at the mouth of the Meuse, Rhine and Scheldt.

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Blue Growth Support Sweden

Sweden has one of the longest coastlines in Europe and a strong tradition of maritime activities.

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Material technology ready to revolutionise the shipping industry

FISCO develops, produces and distributes products made of composite material for t

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Building Industries at Sea: ‘Blue Growth’ and the New Maritime Economy

This publication, Building Industries at Sea: ‘Blue Growth’ and the New Maritime Economy, l

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The Annual Report on the EU Blue Economy

The 2018 Annual Report on the EU Blue Economy describes the scope and progress of the bl

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Can Blockchain revolutionize international trade?

The World Trade Organization has published an analysis of the potential impact of blockchain technology on international trade:

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Energy transition outlook 2018 – A global and regional forecast to 2050

Over the next three decades, the world’s energy system will become substantially cleaner

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Wish to be in the Spotlight?

If you have an innovative business idea, an interesting company with a lot of potential, or a great project within the field of Blue Growth, let us know!

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Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) Safety and Shipping Review 2018

Shipping as the lifeblood of the global economy transporting approximately 90% of global trade.

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Maritime Forecast 2050 – Energy transition outlook 2018

The forecast for 2050 is exploring the maritime implications of a global transition towards an

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Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF)

The Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF) offers loans, guarantees and export financing for Dutch companies that want to expand their businesses internationally. DTIF

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WBSO (R&D tax credit)

With the WBSO, companies can lower the wage costs for research and development (R&D) and other R&D costs and expenditures, such as prototypes or research equip

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Foresight - Future of the Sea

This report, Foresight Future of the Sea, summarises evidence on social, technological, e

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Study on Blue Growth, Maritime Policy and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The study aims to identify the potential for Blue Growth in each of the EU Member States (MS) of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and at sea basin level.

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The Future is Blue Future - Markets in Marine Economy

By 2040, the global demand for energy will increase by more than 50 percent compared to 2010, despite continuously increasing energy efficiency.

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Blue Growth Study - Scenarios and drivers for Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts

The starting point for the Blue Growth project is the grounded belief that seas, coa

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